South West

KeyRing South West

We're always looking to work in new areas. Take a look through our existing services or contact our National Office on 020 3119 0960 or at enquiries@keyring.org.

Read about our South West projects below:

Bath Networks

Bristol Help When You Need It

Frome Talking Cafe

Somerset Networks

South Gloucestershire Networks

South Gloucestershire Our Health Matters

Bath Networks

KeyRing provides community based support via weekly hubs alongside our traditional 1:1 support. KeyRing hubs are a weekly group session or drop-in based in the local community hosted by the Community Enabler or the Community Living Volunteer.

Please note that due to Covid-19 the Bath hub is not currently meeting. Members are meeting safely in small groups, supported by the staff team.

Individuals can self refer or be referred by a professional. We run a hub on a Tuesday morning 9.30 to 12.30.

People are welcome to drop in. It’s an informal session and individuals (and carers) with additional needs are welcome.

Held at:

The Salvation Army Café
Green Park Road
Bath
BA1 1XE

Why we changed the way we support people

To encourage Members to be more independent with receiving support

Members can bring letters and bills to the Hub, help plan and run sessions or suggest ideas, socialise with other Members and participants, invite speakers they would like to hear from and involve other members of the community.

They can also arrange 1:1 support sessions at the Hub as they need them.

To develop connections in the local community

We will be able to connect and develop partnerships with other local groups and organisations such as Health Centres, Health connectors, Micro providers and Community Centres to develop more opportunities for our Members.

To enable more people to become part of our networks

We have created a new type of membership: Peer Support. These Members are now really independent and are no longer in need of (or eligible for) our support. They may be in full time work. Peer Support Members will still be welcome to come to Hubs for a social visit or attend talks, but will not receive 1:1 support. We will be able to give occasional small packages of support when needed or signpost them to appropriate services. As a result KeyRing will be able to support new Members to join the Network.

1:1 support is provided for our Full and Associate Members with things like flat checks, form filling, support with independence skills (prompts to clean; cook; personal hygiene), making phone calls, signposting to appropriate services and support to attend appointments. Members will be able to book in appointments with their Community Enabler or Community Living Volunteer.

Levels of Membership

Full Membership

Weekly 1:1 support sessions
Putting a support and action plan in place
Access to the Hubs
Access to network meetings
Invites to KeyRing events, activities and Regional Forums
Training
Workshops
Employment opportunities
Out of Hours service

Associate Membership

Fortnightly 1:1 support sessions
Putting a support and action plan in place
Access to the Hubs
Access to network meetings
Invites to KeyRing events, activities and Regional Forums
Training
Workshops
Employment opportunities
Out of Hours service

Peer Support Membership

One-off sessions of support if needed
Access to the Hubs
Invites to KeyRing events
Training and employment opportunities
Possible access to Out of Hours service if agreed

For more information contact Sue Norton on 07951 721 703 or at susan.norton@keyring.org.

Bristol Help When You Need It

This is a service for people with learning disabilities and/or autism living in the community. It is part of Bristol City Council’s range of ‘Tier 2’ “Help When You Need It” services across the city. The service will provide targeted short-term interventions for adults with eligible needs in Central, East & South Bristol.

Support will prevent, reduce and delay the need for longer term reliance on formal services across adult social care, health and housing by helping people gain the skills and resilience to integrate and remain in their local community.

Support will be tailored to each individual but on offer is:

  • One off pieces of work and signposting to other services and agencies
  • Up to 12 months support for those with more complex needs
  • Access to the service as and when they need support
  • Access to weekly Hubs held in various locations cross Bristol
  • Out of Hours service available to all Members

Support is provided by our Community Living Volunteers and Community enablers and is based around:

  • Building independence skills
  • Support with paperwork and forms
  • Budgeting and personal financial management
  • Employment and volunteering
  • Issues around housing and maintaining tenancies
  • Social inclusion and community participation
  • Signposting and support to contact and access alternative services
  • Support to access health and well-being services

Our aim is to support individuals to connect to their local community and organisations and to build links which enable them to develop their own resources.

Weekly Hubs

KeyRing will run Hubs consisting of weekly group sessions and/or drop-in based in the local community hosted by the Community Living Volunteer. At a drop-in session Members can come along when they want and for how long they want to. The Hubs will have workshop sessions, guests speakers and talks given by Members. There is also an opportunity for individuals to speak to a Community Enabler for additional support or advice. These Hub sessions are open to those in receipt of support and those whose one to one support has ended.

Woman holding little wooden house

 

Referral process and eligibility

The service is open to those individuals with a learning disability and/or autism who have the below support needs:

  • Support needed to maintain accommodation/tenancy or secure accommodation
  • Support needed to manage physical health and wellbeing
  • Support needed to manage mental health and wellbeing
  • Support needed to maximise income, reduce debts, or find paid work
  • Support needed to prevent loneliness and isolation
  • Support needed to stay safe

There are no financial assessments and support is free to all eligible individuals living in Central, East & South Bristol.

For more information contact Tom Burton on 07984 080 580 or at tom.burton@keyring.org

 

Somerset Networks

KeyRing provides community based support via weekly hubs alongside our traditional 1:1 support.

Please note that due to Covid-19 the Somerset hubs are not currently meeting. Members are meeting safely in small groups, supported by the staff team.

KeyRing hubs are a weekly group session or drop-in based in the local community hosted by the Community Enabler or the Community Living Volunteer.

Frome Hub

Every Thursday afternoon at the Cheese and Grain in Frome – 14.00 till 16.00

Individuals with additional needs (and carers) are welcome to drop by. The Frome Hub does organise special event hubs and invites speakers/organisations from the local community to come and meet, do a talk – local MP, fire brigade – again people are welcome to come.

Cheese and Grain
Market Yard
Frome
Somerset
BA11 1BE

 

Group of three people standing in street

 

Why we changed the way we support people

To encourage Members to be more independent with receiving support

Members can bring letters and bills to the Hub, help plan and run sessions or suggest ideas, socialise with other Members and participants, invite speakers they would like to hear from and involve other members of the community.

They can also arrange 1:1 support sessions at the Hub as they need them.

To develop connections in the local community

We will be able to connect and develop partnerships with other local groups and organisations such as Health Centres, Health connectors, Micro providers and Community Centres to develop more opportunities for our Members.

To enable more people to become part of our networks

We have created a new type of membership: Peer Support. These Members are now really independent and are no longer in need of (or eligible for) our support. They may be in full time work. Peer Support Members will still be welcome to come to Hubs for a social visit or attend talks, but will not receive 1:1 support. We will be able to give occasional small packages of support when needed or signpost them to appropriate services. As a result KeyRing will be able to support new Members to join the Network.

1:1 support is provided for our Full and Associate Members with things like flat checks, form filling, support with independence skills (prompts to clean; cook; personal hygiene), making phone calls, signposting to appropriate services and support to attend appointments. Members will be able to book in appointments with their Community Enabler or Community Living Volunteer.

Levels of Membership

Full Membership

Weekly 1:1 support sessions
Putting a support and action plan in place
Access to the Hubs
Access to network meetings
Invites to KeyRing events, activities and Regional Forums
Training
Workshops
Employment opportunities
Out of Hours service

Associate Membership

Fortnightly 1:1 support sessions
Putting a support and action plan in place
Access to the Hubs
Access to network meetings
Invites to KeyRing events, activities and Regional Forums
Training
Workshops
Employment opportunities
Out of Hours service

Peer Support Membership

One-off sessions of support if needed
Access to the Hubs
Invites to KeyRing events
Training and employment opportunities
Possible access to Out of Hours service if agreed

For more information contact Sue Norton on 07951 721 703 or at susan.norton@keyring.org.

South Gloucestershire Networks

KeyRing provides community based support via weekly hubs alongside our traditional 1:1 support.

Please note that due to Covid-19 the South Gloucestershire hubs are not currently meeting. Members are meeting safely in small groups, supported by the staff team.

KeyRing Hubs are a weekly group session or drop-in based in the local community hosted by the Community Enabler or the Community Living Volunteer. KeyRing sets up a Hub in a local venue, like a community centre, cafe or library. At a drop in session Members can come along when and for how long they want to. The Hubs will have workshop sessions, guests speakers and talks given by Members.

Staple Hill Hub

Held on Wednesdays between 16.30 and 18.30.

Pendennis Good News Church
Pendennis Road
Bristol
BS16 5JB

You can make a referral via the Floating Housing Support application form found on the South Gloucestershire Council Website, or download a Word version of the application form.

Why we changed the way we support people

To encourage Members to be more independent with receiving support

Members can bring letters and bills to the Hub, help plan and run sessions or suggest ideas, socialise with other Members and participants, invite speakers they would like to hear from and involve other members of the community.

They can also arrange 1:1 support sessions at the Hub as they need them.

To develop connections in the local community

We will be able to connect and develop partnerships with other local groups and organisations such as Health Centres, Health connectors, Micro providers and Community Centres to develop more opportunities for our Members.

To enable more people to become part of our networks

We have created a new type of membership: Peer Support. These Members are now really independent and are no longer in need of (or eligible for) our support. They may be in full time work. Peer Support Members will still be welcome to come to Hubs for a social visit or attend talks, but will not receive 1:1 support. We will be able to give occasional small packages of support when needed or signpost them to appropriate services. As a result KeyRing will be able to support new Members to join the Network.

1:1 support is provided for our Full and Associate Members with things like flat checks, form filling, support with independence skills (prompts to clean; cook; personal hygiene), making phone calls, signposting to appropriate services and support to attend appointments. Members will be able to book in appointments with their Community Enabler or Community Living Volunteer.

Levels of Membership

Full Membership

Weekly 1:1 support sessions
Putting a support and action plan in place
Access to the Hubs
Access to network meetings
Invites to KeyRing events, activities and Regional Forums
Training
Workshops
Employment opportunities
Out of Hours service

Associate Membership

Fortnightly 1:1 support sessions
Putting a support and action plan in place
Access to the Hubs
Access to network meetings
Invites to KeyRing events, activities and Regional Forums
Training
Workshops
Employment opportunities
Out of Hours service

Peer Support Membership

One-off sessions of support if needed
Access to the Hubs
Invites to KeyRing events
Training and employment opportunities
Possible access to Out of Hours service if agreed

For more information contact Sue Norton on 07951 721 703 or at susan.norton@keyring.org.

Two men with their thumbs up

The Frome Talking Cafe

The KeyRing Talking Café was formed in conjunction with Health Connections Mendip and it is run on the last Wednesday of every month upstairs at The Frome Medical Centre from 10am to 12pm.

Our lead volunteer was trained by Health Connections Mendip to become a Health Connector and so knows of many local groups that he can connect people to.

It’s a very friendly group with a relaxed atmosphere that is open to everyone and is co run by our members. People can make new friends, have refreshments and get signposted to local groups that might interest them.

We also work with our local social workers, local groups and organisations who all refer people to us, in recent months we have signposted people to local groups like the Women’s Shed, Frome Comic Con, Gracewell Retirement Home, The Silk Mill here in Frome and even to an alternative therapies settlement in Portugal.

We have had many success stories but the ones that are most memorable are when social workers have signposted people to us and we have supported them to get out more or to get jobs locally.

A happy looking man in a cafe

Top to Toe - Our Health Matters

We are running a group in South Gloucestershire called Top to Toe – Our Health Matters.  

People with learning difficulties and/or autism told us that they found it difficult to get advice and support with their wellbeing. So, we decided to do something about it.  

The Top to Toe group meet every month to think about one area of our bodies or health issue. We have a rough idea of the things that we want to cover but we also want to know what you’d like to talk about. It could be healthy eating, sexual health or even foot care.  

Each session will give you helpful information and accessible activities. We’ve even got some great guest speakers lined up. It will be great fun and a chance to ask lots of questions. We hope you will make friends as well.  

The program is specially designed for people with learning difficulties and/or autism living in South Gloucestershire. If it sounds interesting for you or someone you know then give us a shout. 

If you are interested in coming along to Top to Toe please download and fill in this form and send it to toptotoe@keyring.org.

You can also call Joel on 07436 161 319. 

The first session will be on Monday 16th August from 2-4pm at 48 Forest Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3XQ. We can’t wait to see you there. 

A photo of a smiling woman holding a plate with a panini and salad on it

 

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